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Death and theatre

Prostitutes, murder and mayhem. That's how Director Claire Temple described the North Peace Secondary School theatre class production of Woody Allen's one-act play, Death. "But it's family friendly too," she noted.

Prostitutes, murder and mayhem.

That's how Director Claire Temple described the North Peace Secondary School theatre class production of Woody Allen's one-act play, Death.

"But it's family friendly too," she noted. "Really, it is!"

The show, put on by NPSS's own North Peace Players, centers on Kleinman, a man woken up from a dead sleep to an angry mob pounding on his door, demanding that he join their hunt for a maniacal murderer.

Kleinman, played by Grade 12 student Joel Laventure, seems to get the short end of the stick throughout the play.

"I have no idea what's going on, I'm oblivious the whole time," he said. "I talk a lot, but no one listens to me, and I almost get killed a few times."

Laventure said he was chosen for the role because Temple felt he was very much like Kleinman.

"Apparently I'm like that," said Laventure.

Both Laventure and Temple agree the show is very funny, despite all the attempted murder.

"It's Woody Allen, of course it's going to be funny," said Temple.

Death will also be performed as the North Peace Players' entry into the upcoming Peace River Zone Theatre Festival in May.

The North Peace Players have only entered the theatre festival twice in the last ten years, but Temple said she had very good reason to have the North Peace Players enter this year, aaprt from it being her last year of high school and her last chance to work with the theatre class.

"I've been involved in theatre for a really long time - it's very important to me - so when someone let slip to me that the festival might not be happening at all because, at the time, there were only two plays entered in it and they needed at least three to actually do the festival," she said. "It actually broke my heart a little bit."

Thankfully for Temple, she had a class of enthusiastic thespians who were all thrilled with the idea of being on stage.

"It's been going really well, actually," she said, noting that several students had never taken an acting or theatre class before. "I'm just glad I got some many people who were interested."

The North Peace Players production of Death will be performed on April 28 and 29 at NPSS prior to taking the stage at the North Peace Cultural Centre for the Peace River Zone Theatre Festival on May 12.